AT&T has filed a special temporary authority application with the FCC to conduct a 5G demo in Atlanta next month.
The demo, operating in the 28 GHz band, will happen at Atlanta’s Georgia International Plaza during a tailgate before the Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys game on Nov. 18.
AT&T said it’s working with Nokia and Jaunt to illustrate how 5G can deliver next-generation mobile content and immersive experiences. For example, what the company calls a “Touchdown Dance-Off” promotion will be showcased in Atlanta.
According to the application, the 5G demo will involve communications between up to two fixed base stations and up to four user equipment (UE) devices located within 100 meters of the base station antennas. The base stations and UE antennas will be located outdoors with antennas less than 4 meters above the ground.
5G air links will be used to showcase applications that demand super high speeds and low latencies enabled by 5G advanced wireless communication systems.
“The results will provide valuable information to users whose feedback could be used to enable product development and system optimization, as well as to improve future system standards and the deployment processes,” AT&T said in its application.
The base stations will provide content over the 5G air interface via connectivity to internal services. AT&T said the UEs can provide services to multiple devices through WiFi access points that are connected to the UEs through Ethernet cable.
Separately, AT&T also filed an STA seeking to conduct 5G tests during an event at the Grand Wailea resort in Hawaii later this year. The application is similar to that in Atlanta, but also includes experimental 5G NR systems operating in the 39 GHz band, as well as 28 GHz.
Those demos will involve communications between up to three fixed base stations and up to 10 UE units, located within 100 meters of the base station antennas. The base stations and the UE antennas will be placed indoors, with antennas less than 6 meters above the floor inside a building within the resort.
For the Hawaii demos, AT&T is seeking the STA from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.
As AT&T readies to light up mobile 5G in 12 cities by the end of the year, the carrier also recently announced bringing its “5G Evolution” technology to 99 new markets, which upgrades cell towers with LTE Advanced features like 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO, and three-carrier aggregation.